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Chelsea sack Conte as manager

Chelsea sack Conte as manager

Gab Marcotti puts himself in the shoes of the Chelsea brass and explains why the club should hold off on replacing Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri.

"[Sarri to Chelsea] is about to happen, it just depends on him", De Laurentiis said after a news conference to introduce Carlo Ancelotti as Sarri's replacement on Wednesday.

Napoli and their lawyers are seeking €8 million from Chelsea.

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

There is a lot happening between both Chelsea and Napoli to resolve the situation, according to Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani.

Chelsea's official website made no reference to Conte, reporting on Saturday: The 2018/19 season is up and running!

Prior to arriving at Chelsea, Conte managed for eight seasons in Serie A, including guiding Juventus to three straight Scudetti from 2012 to 2014. Thibaut Courtois is expected to depart having entered the final year of his contract, forcing Chelsea to consider a move for Roma's Brazil goalkeeper Alisson. Conte has refused to wave the £9 million salary he is owed.

In mid-October, the Blues were beaten by a Crystal Palace side who had gone into the match with no points from seven games, prompting Conte to dismiss rumours of unrest over his training schedule.

Chelsea are preparing for their first pre-season fixture against Perth Glory on July 23 before they venture off for the International Champions Cup where they do battle with Arsenal, Inter Milan and Sevilla. Courtois' contract is due to expire in 2019 so if Sarri sees him as part of his plans he will have to convince him to stay where he is quickly. Sarri has had several issues with other managers during his time in Italy.

The Italian even took training on Thursday morning before, with the players sent home for the afternoon, confirmation came of his sacking.


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